Sunday, February 23, 2014
Li Na (Born February 26, 1982 at Wuhan, Hubei, China) is a Chinese professional tennis player. Li won 9 WTA and 19 ITF singles titles. In 20111 Li Na won the French Open singles title and became first and only Grand Slam singles champion from an Asian country. Her career-high singles ranking is world no. 2, achieved on February 17, 2014. Li is the most successful Asian tennis player.
In 2014 Li won her second Grand Slam title at the 2014 Australian Open. In 2013 she was the runner-up at the Australian Open and WTA Tour Championships. In 2013, Li appears on the cover of Time magazine, Li being one of only four athletes to be named on the annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Li Na started playing badminton at age six. Li and her parents were convinced by Coach Xia Xiyao of the Wuhan youth tennis club for right career in tennis and shifted from badminton to tennis. Li joined China's National Tennis Team in 1997. Li turned professional in 1999 at age sixteen.
In 2002, Li left the national tennis team for part time academic study at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. She completed her bachelor's degree in journalism in 2009. Li returned to the national team in 2004.
In 2008, Li quit the national team as well as the state-run sports system under an experimental reform policy for tennis players. This change was called "Fly Solo" by Chinese media. As a result of "Fly Solo", Li had the freedom to pick her own coaching staff but she would be responsible for the cost of travel, training and coaching.
Li has become one of the most well-known and marketable athletes in the world. Li is lovingly called "Big Sister Na" among Chinese society and is considered a "strong, unbending and unyielding" role model. Li has a tattoo on her chest, and hid it for many years since tattoos are not widely accepted in China, especially on women.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Charissa Thompson (Born May 4, 1982 at Seattle, Washington, U.S.) is an American television host and sportscaster and model. She presently works as co-hosts in FOX Sports Live on FOX Sports 1. Thompson worked for Fox Sports in her earliest time, and Versus, as well as for GSN and the Big Ten Network. She was the co-host of SportsNation.
Thompson has come out on baseball programs, including The 2007 MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade and The Baseball Report both on FSN. She also co-hosted FSN's The Best Damn Sports Show Period alongside Chris Rose and John Salley.
In 2009, she performed sideline reporting in the television show Shaq Vs. In the fall of 2009, she was named an ice-level reporter for NHL on Versus. Thompson appeared on the cover of the April 2009 issue of Access DirecTV.
In 2010, Charissa appeared on the NFL Network's "NFL Now Updates". She covered the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, reporting for Yahoo! Sports. In June and July 2010, Thompson covered the FIFA World Cup in South Africa for Yahoo! Sports.
In January 2011, she covered the BCS National Championship game for Yahoo! Sports and NHL All-Star Game for Versus. In February 2011, she covered the Super Bowl in Dallas, Texas, for Yahoo! Sports. Also in February, Charissa covered the NBA All-Star Game for Yahoo! Sports.
In 2013, Thompson tied actor Joey Lawrence as a Co-Host of the ABC's reality TV series Splash, where star challengers dive from Olympic-style platforms and are scored on their performance by Olympic divers.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Melanie Adams (Born July 21, 1988 at Melbourne, Australia) is Australian pole vaulter. Her personal best in the pole vault is 3.8 meters. She was selected as Sexiest Athlete of the 2012 London Olympics by Dirt.com.
Melanie started pole-vaulting at the young age of 11 and won two national under-21 titles. She has been a promotional model at several car racing events and is a ferocious competitor in the athletics world.
Melanie was a finalist in the 2006 Miss Teen Australia pageant. She expects to one day participate in the Miss Universe pageant. Melanie was also cast in a guest spot for Kids Unlimited in a San Francisco-area TV show.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Josefine Oqvist (Born July 23, 1983 in Uppsala, Sweden) is a Swedish footballer for Damallsvenskan club Kristianstads DFF and team member of Swedish national team. In 2003, Josefine Oqvist was named the Swedish Rookie of the Year, her nicknamed was Jossan.
In the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal against Canada, Josefine scored a critical goal at the 86' minute and put Sweden through to the final. In the spring of 2004, Oqvist paying attention for Slitz magazine’s bikini photo shoots.
Josefine was named as a midfielder for the 2008 Beijing Olympics; her primary position is a forward. After the 2008 season, she signed a new two-year contract with Linkoping.
In 2011 she signed with the top attendance team in Sweden, Tyreso FF. Oqvist was a member of the at the 2011 World Cup’s Sweden team, played in all the matches and won a bronze medal.
Oqvist was missed 2012 London Olympics and entire season because of pregnancy. In 2013, she returned to play and joined Kristianstads DFF instead of Tyreso.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Xue Chen (Born 18 February 1989 in Fuzhou, Fujian) is a beach volleyball player from China. She trains in Sanya, Hainan. She has also trained in California under coach Dane Selznick.
Xue began playing basketball, but disliked that sport. Then she started playing indoor volleyball from the age of 10 to 13 before settling into beach volleyball. She started her sports career with Fuzhou Sports Training School in 2000.
In 2002, she attended the Athletic Sports College of Fuzhou and became a member of the Chinese national beach volleyball team. Xue then made her Swatch-FIVB World Tour debut in 2005, playing in two events with You Wenhui and winning the FIVB Top Rookie award for 2006.
On 28 May 2006 the 17-year-old Xue won the $400,000 China Shanghai Jinshan Open and became the youngest player to ever win a major event. In the women's team competition at the 2006 Asian Games Xue and Zhang Xi won the gold medal. In Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, the pair also won the bronze medal.
In 2009 Asian Beach Volleyball Championships, Haikou, China they had won the gold medal, and repetitive the title in 2010.
The pair of Xue and Zhang are ranked 4th overall on the 2010 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Rankings and completed the season ranked with first position. In the 2012 London Olympics, Xue and Zhang represented China in the female beach volleyball competition and ended with 4th position.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Lori "Lolo" Jones (born August 5, 1982 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA) is an American track and field and bobsled athlete. Jones specializes in the 60 and 100 meter hurdles. Jones is the American record holder in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.72.
Lori Jones won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American honors while at LSU. She won indoor national titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in the 60 m hurdles. In the World Indoor Championship 2008 and 2010 she won gold medals.
In 2008, Beijing Olympics She finished at seventh place in 100m hurdles. She won silver medal World Athletics in 100m hurdles. In 2012 London Olympics she finished fourth with a time of 12.58s in finals.
Jones was one of three track and field Olympians (along with Tianna Madison and Hyleas Fountain) invited to the U.S. women's bobsled push championship by coach Todd Hays.
In a 2012 segment on HBO's Real Sports, Jones revealed that she is a virgin, dates online, and struggles to maintain her virginity. She wants to stay a virgin before marriage.